There’s also an African esque descended character that worships Anubis and the like from a southern continent. It’s a bunch of stuff I like to play around with.
TL;DR - Probably all of them in some aspect, but focuses mainly on Japanese Kami.
For my newer work, Thief of Time, it's not released for the public yet, but there are three different sets of gods, each of them who rose up and overthrew their predecessors. The first set is based off the classical elements, the second based upon values/virtues, and the third from colours. As for how they work, it's ultra-spoiler territory that I myself only planned out recently.
Apocryphal Wrote: TL;DR - Probably all of them in some aspect, but focuses mainly on Japanese Kami.
That sounds awesome! Love mythology Gods, especially Egyptian and Japanese.
Xel Wrote: As for how they work, it's ultra-spoiler territory that I myself only planned out recently.
That sounds dope. I must check it out when you publish it.
Gods in my story are these inconceivable huge things that exist outside of reality each in their own dimensions. Most of them are so massive that they compartmentalise chunks of themselves to interact with several different universes at once. So, when they interact with a mortal, they do so only with tiny fractions that are more like a dedicated role-play.
They take part in a universe mainly for their own entertainment and vanity. It's like playing a board game with their friends or frienemies. Doesn't mean that they can't get attached to a certain world, character or 'story'.
Some like to meddle a lot, some like to just watch. And some are just in it because everybody else does it, so they don't want to feel left out. ^^
carebear90 Wrote: My gods are personifications of concepts. Things like Memory, Fertility, Hunger, Knowledge, naming more would probably contain spoilers. I'm not that far into the plot yet. ;)
That sounds nice. I have multiple forms of Gods in my story and one form of them are like that. (Although almost all of them are dead now lol)
The main viewpoint characters are mortals who start out with very little knowledge of divine politics, but there will be some supporting characters, popping up occasionally (and influencing events from offstage, the rest of the time), who are what we might call "junior gods who are keenly aware that they are still learning how to do their chosen jobs." They are rising up to fill the vacant job slots left by their predecessors/ancestors . . . but the junior gods themselves are still grappling with the questions of just what sort of gods they want to be, and whether they will be able to keep "progressing" in some way after they settle into their new roles. They can't help noticing that the "senior gods" kept doing things pretty much the same way, over and over, for thousands of years -- and look what finally happened to them!
The young god of war, for instance, is toying with some radically different ideas from those of his deceased predecessor regarding such basic points as: "Just what does it mean to be the god of war? What is the best way for a mortal worshipper to win my favor? Does war necessarily involve killing lots and lots of people, or are there are other ways to wage 'war' and finally score a significant 'victory' that will make more difference in the long run than a pile of fresh corpses ever could?"
So even the junior gods themselves don't know what sort of gods they will be -- say, another thousand years from now.
Strif3 Wrote: The Sun is a central religious figure in my fic, a few religions worship it as a god. There's also a (minor spoiler) cult that worships the biggest, baddest monster on the planet; its power would be comparable to a minor god
Oh yes, I know of that story. Been following it for a while now.
I Wrote: Kinda like Greek gods. Selfish ones...
Same. There’s something equally fun and horrifying about gods who, on a psychological level, are just bored-ass powerful people waiting for something to come along that piques their interests. Some are good, some are bad, all are bored and looking to stir things up.
In my story, they're called 'Greater Spirits' but are similar to standard fantasy gods, with being worshiped by humans, having rivalries with each other, etc. They're at the top of the totem pole for spirits in a typical polytheistic system, and of course have characteristics of spirits, so they're pretty inhuman. They become slowly more important in the story as the main character learns more about what's going on with them and how she fits into this. I've also connected it with the typical bloodline element from cultivation stories.
They're also not good, they're not evil but they definitely aren't good. I was pretty inspired by Neil Gaiman's approach to gods as ideas in American Gods, so I decided to take that and run with it.
While the gods' storyline impacts the mortal storyline, and the mortals' activities impact the gods' storyline, the mortal main characters (who make up the bulk of the story) are largely unaware of any of it.
Mortos, the lesser beloved God of Death and Annihilation, and Victus, the widely known and most 'accepted', the Goddess of Life and Creation.
While his represenation may make him seem as the Devil of the world, it's all just a writing ploy to incite a biased opinion from the reader. While not morally righteous, Mortos is no more 'evil' or 'good' than Victus herself, and the cause for his misrepresentation mainly stems off of the people's lack of desire to accept death as a natural cycle of existence. In fact, the few who do support him, even if not radical in their approach, are essentially considered high taboos and are often ostracised or removed from society. Then again, that may be due to their more radical contributors' work.
If you're ever so inclined, I'd much appreciate your time and opinions.